A tough fought win in additional time clinched the convention title for Alabama.
It was a lot harder than anticipated, however Alabama managed to fend off Auburn and clinch the SEC title with a 90-85 win in additional time.
The sport bought off to an ominous begin when Auburn F Jaylin Williams knocked down a 3 on the opening possession. That kicked off a torrid capturing run for an Auburn group that averages six threes per sport in SEC play, as they related on 9 of their first 11 three level makes an attempt. Meanwhile Alabama struggled from exterior for the second straight outing, which is kind of regarding because the calendar turns to March, and consequently there have been a few events the place Auburn was getting ready to working the Tide proper out of Coleman. Auburn performed a bodily model of basketball and piled up fouls within the course of, however it was working.
To their credit score, Alabama refused to fold. Down 17 halfway by way of the second half, Jahvon Quinerly keyed a 9-0 run to get the Tide inside eight.
That’s when tempers flared.
Following an Auburn turnover on the baseline, a skirmish broke out underneath the Auburn basket. Some Alabama gamers who had left the bench to rejoice throughout the timeout observed the motion and reacted towards it. As a consequence, Charles Bediako and Rylan Griffen have been ejected from the sport though neither actually engaged within the scuffle. Fortunately for the Tide, Auburn ahead John Broome fouled out on the play which considerably offset the lack of Chuck.
Alabama eschewed the three level shot down the stretch and had little bother stepping into the paint. Quinerly keyed the motion with a number of blow-bys, however Mark Sears and Brandon Miller additionally made some performs going to the rim. Auburn saved delivering blows, however the Tide managed to chip away on the lead and eventually caught up at 73-73 with simply over two minutes to play, then took their first lead one possession later.
Up two with just below a minute to play, a 3 from Sears rimmed out with the group able to blow the roof off the constructing. In a microcosm of the night, that miss led to an Auburn runout for the tie. Neither group might get a very good look on the ultimate two possessions, and off to additional time we went.
The Tide began out the additional interval in nice vogue, a Jaden Bradley dish to Noah Clowney and a Sears three pointer opening up a 5 level benefit, then yet one more Auburn three pointer, their eleventh on the night time in 18 tries, instantly introduced the Tigers again inside two. Bradley then put his head down and scored his first factors on night time, an enormous three-point play on an attractive reverse layup by way of contact.
Auburn, after all, simply saved on uncharacteristically hitting contested three pointers as a result of that’s how this sport went. If Alabama was to chop down the nets tonight, the Tigers have been going to make them battle like hell for it. That’s precisely what Alabama did, and a few clutch free throw capturing by Jaden Bradley and Brandon Miller sealed it.
There isn’t a lot you are able to do a couple of group burning up the nets exterior like Auburn did tonight, however Alabama goes to need to get their three-ball going once more in the event that they plan to stay round in March. The rebounding wasn’t nice tonight both, so Nate may have a lot to teach up.
Still, we’re SEC Champions, y’all. Raise a glass.